The Coombsville AVA is a Napa Valley Appellation with a wide range of elevations and known for its cooler, marine influenced climate directly east of the City of Napa. It was officially designated as a Napa Valley sub-appelation in 2011.
Tucked into the foothills of the Vaca Mountains, the Coombsville AVA is a Napa Valley Appellation known for its temperate climate directly east of the City of Napa and was officially designated as a Napa Valley sub-appelation 2011. Coombsville is Napa Valley’s newest nested appellation and remains one of the least visited. This is because it is composed primarily of vineyards with only the occasional winery. Coombsville spreads out to the west of the town of Napa and up the slopes of Mt. George. The vast majority of vineyards spread across a west-facing concave bowl formed through millenia of landslides. The soil is primarily volcanic in origin and proximity to the Bay keeps the area awash in fog and sea breezes. Historically, the region was associated with Pinot Noir and especially Chardonnay plantings but many admire the backbone of the region’s Cabernet Sauvignons.
Because of its proximity to the San Pablo Bay, Coombsville experiences cooler temperatures compared to AVAs further north, allowing winemakers to harvest grapes later and at more developed phenolic ripeness. Therefore, many wines from Coombsville show generous soft tannins and notes of dark black fruits such as blackberry and blackcurrant while retaining moderate alcohol and refreshing acidity.
Shaped like a horseshoe, the combination of unique landforms and large elevation differences gives the Coombsville Viticultural Area a fog-protected partial basin with high surrounding ridges which create climatically unique features, including precipitation and heat summation.
Coombsville AVA is named after Nathan Coombs, one of the early settlers of Napa County who purchased the area as part of the original Rancho Tulocay from Juarez Cayetano in 1845. Nathan Coombs went on to found the City of Napa on this piece of land in 1847. However, the part of the land grant on the east side of the Napa River was left mostly rural and was focused on farming and livestock.
From the 1840's on, Coombsville’s agricultural orientation was initially focused on livestock and subsistence farming as opposed to vineyard development. It was only in the mid-20th century that the region began to attract attention from grape growers and vintners.
During prohibition, there was little to no wine produced in the area and prune orchards were the dominant form of agriculture. However, vintners began to appreciate the unique climate and geographic features in the mid to late 1960's. In the mid 1970's and continuing into the 1980's more wineries were founded in the area, establishing Coombsville as a unique wine growing region. In 2011, Coombsville was officially recognized as an American Viticultural Area.
"Coombsville has been called the ‘cup and saucer appellation’ due to the distinctive circular pattern of the surrounding hills, which geologists define as an ancient volcanic caldera. The volcanic soils and cooler temperatures from Coombsville’s proximity to the San Pablo Bay contribute to the minerality and precision of the tannins here. The wines have a freshness that is exciting."
- Annie Favia, Favia Wines
A reflective Cabernet Sauvignon from the area of Coombsville.
About the Wine:
Our inaugural Coombsville Chardonnay is distinct in both its sourcing and its production technique. This single-vineyard Chardonnay was fermented in concrete eggs, resulting in a site-driven, elegantly textured wine. Bright and lively, it opens with aromas of wet stone, honeydew melon and jasmine, followed by juicy notes of lemon and ripe Bartlett pear. The mid-palate creaminess adds dimension to the wine, while vibrant acidity gives way to a clean, refreshing finish.
The 2018 vintage began, like the previous vintage, with ample winter rains. The summer was warm and welcomingly steady, yielding complex, well-developed fruit. Our Chardonnay was sourced entirely from Haynes Vineyard, some of whose old Wente clone plantings date back to the mid-1960s and are still producing. This Chardonnay reveals its marine-influenced origins with subtle savory undertones.
This single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Butala vineyard in the Coombsville AVA and was once owned by Tony Butala of the singing group, The Lettermen.
From a small vineyard located in the Coombsville AVA. We blended in 5% malbec from Beckstoffer Melrose Vineyard.